Phobos eclipsing Deimos (Image: NASA)
Comparison of the apparent size of Phobos and Deimos as seen from Mars with the Moon as seen from Earth (Image: NASA)
Before and after images of the eclipse of Deimos by Phobos (image: NASA)
Mosaic panorama of the area where Curiosity took its first autonomous drive (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
Traveled and projected route of Curiosity to Mount Sharp (Image: NASA)
Solar eclipse by the Martian moon Phobos (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Malin Space Science Systems/Texas A&M University)
NASA took the metaphorical training wheels off the Mars rover Curiosity on Tuesday, as the unmanned explorer took its first drive using autonomous navigation. It used its onboard cameras and software to select and drive over an area of ground that mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California couldn't see and vet beforehand. This capability allows the nuclear-powered rover to negotiate the most direct route to Mount Sharp rather than having to detour to find routes that can be seen directly by Curiosity before entering, so they can be analyzed by mission control.
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